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5 Luke Bryan Songs That Should Have Been Singles

In his incredible career, Luke Bryan has certified himself as a superstar. With a killer catalog of songs to choose from, we are sharing our favorites that did not quite make it to country radio.

With 31 singles from seven albums, the superstar has generated 25 number one hits over his 15+ year career in Nashville. This included a run of eighteen-straight hits from 2011-2018.

Here are 5 Luke Bryan songs that should have been singles…

  1. “Been There, Done That” – Tailgates & Tanlines

This catchy song from his third studio album, written by Bryan and Rachel Thibodeau, is about a relationship that constantly has its breakups and breakthroughs. Bryan’s counterpart continuously calls him with the intent of getting back together. He, on the other hand, has learned that you cannot force a relationship and he is tired of trying to make it work.

 

  1. “Beer in the Headlights” – Crash My Party 

Almost every song on Bryan’s fourth studio album could have had success at radio; it was certified Platinum and was the third best-selling album of 2013 all-genre. This fun, up-tempo tune checks off all the boxes of a 2013 radio hit, but with all five singles topping the charts, Bryan switched gears to move onto his next project and “Beer in the Headlights” was never given its chance.

 

  1. “Just Over” – Kill the Lights

After another fight with his girlfriend, the singer just assumes that they will make up again, just like the past. This time, however, she wanted to officially end the relationship. Its catchy chorus is perfect for country radio, but with six other singles on his fifth studio album, it was time for Bryan to move onto the next record. 

 

  1. “Hooked On It” – What Makes You Country

There are a lot of fun songs on Bryan’s sixth studio album, but “Hooked On It” defines the theme of the project the best. With heavy electric guitar and supporting banjo, this tune perfectly paints the image of southern life. The album’s fourth single, which served as the title track, ending Bryan’s run at eighteen-straight number ones, which may have been a reason to move on from this record.

 

  1. “For A Boat”— Born Here, Live Here, Die Here

“For a Boat” is a sweet song about loving what you have and not what you don’t. The man in the song recalls learning all of life’s most important lessons fishing on a bank, instead of on a boat. Growing up “too broke for a boat” taught him the value of money, patience, family, and much more. Four of the ten songs on Bryan’s latest record topped the country radio chart, and two more singles were sent to radio after he released the deluxe edition the next year. Unfortunately, there was no room for this song to become a single.

 

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Luke Bryan Drops New Patriotic Anthem “Country On”

Luke Bryan drops brand new patriotic anthem, “Country On”, out now, July 1st, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new track below.

Country superstar, Luke Bryan enters a new era of music with his brand-new single “Country On.” His latest project, Born Here Live Here Die Here, topped the charts and spawned five number-one singles. “Country On” is the first taste of what his next record will look like.

This song doesn’t follow the typical format of verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus; each verse highlights different hardworking, small-town people that make the world go round, including the farmers, cowboys, bartenders, military, and first responders. Written by David Frasier, Mark Nesler, Mitch Oglesby, and Styles Haury, Bryan aims to unite Americans with this track ahead of our country’s 246th birthday this weekend. 

“I say, “Hey, hey, USA // We ain’t seen our better days” // Hell naw, hey y’all // Country on // Country on and on and on and on and on”

Fans of Bryan can catch him on his Raised Up Right Tour with Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny, and DJ Rock. For tickets, head to his website.

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Luke Bryan drops brand new patriotic  anthem, “Country On,” out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Luke Bryan eleases.

To keep up with Luke Bryan, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Country On” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Luke Bryan Announces 2022 Tour with Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny

Luke Bryan returns to the road with Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny. Check out the full list of dates and ticket information below.

Kicking off on June 9th in Charleston, West Virginia, Luke Bryan’s ‘Raised Up Right’ Tour will hit over 30 cities. Riley Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock will serve as support for the massive tour which ends in late October. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 4th at 10AM local time at lukebryan.com. Check out a full list of tour dates below. 

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

LUKE BRYAN RAISED UP RIGHT 2022 TOUR DATES:

6/9/2022 – Charleston, WV | Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
7/7/2022 – Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/8/2022 – Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park
7/9/2022 – Atlanta, GA | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/21/2022 – Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live
7/22/2022 – Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion
7/28/2022 – Gilford, NH | Bank of NH Pavilion
7/29/2022 – Gilford, NH | Bank of NH Pavilion
7/30/2022 – Hartford, CT | Xfinity Theatre
8/5/2022 – Milwaukee, WI | American Family Insurance Amphitheater
8/14/2022 – Saratoga Springs, NY | Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/18/2022 – Birmingham, AL | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre**
8/19/2022 – Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena
8/20/2022 – Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Music Center
8/25/2022 – San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center ++
8/26/2022 – Lafayette, LA | Cajundome
8/27/2022 – New Orleans, LA | Smoothie King Center
9/8/2022 – Kansas City, MO | T-Mobile Center
9/9/2022 – St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/10/2022 – Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/29/2022 – Estero, FL | Hertz Arena*
9/30/2022 – West Palm Beach, FL | iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/1/2022 – Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/6/2022 – Southaven, MS | Landers Center**
10/7/2022 – Bossier City, LA | Brookshire Grocery Arena
10/8/2022 – Little Rock, AR | Simmons Bank Arena
10/13/2022 – Biloxi, MS | Mississippi Coast Coliseum**
10/14/2022 – Huntsville, AL | The Orion Amphitheater**
10/15/2022 – Peoria, IL | Peoria Civic Center
10/27/2022 – Greenville, SC | Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/28/2022 – Jacksonville, FL | VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena*

**Mitchell only +DJ Rock
*Riley only + DJ Rock
++ on sale 3/25, 10am

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Luke Bryan releases.

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Luke Bryan’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Jordan Davis & Luke Bryan’s Song “Buy Dirt” Goes Number One

Jordan Davis’ song with Luke Bryan, “Buy Dirt” goes number one on the country charts. Learn more below about the feat.

As soon as Jordan Davis released “Buy Dirt,” featuring Luke Bryan, it was clear that the song was special. From the moment it was released, “Buy Dirt” has won the hearts of fans everywhere. The song is a true backdrop to all of our lives. It was just a matter of time before Davis and Bryan’s song went number one!

“Buy Dirt” marks Davis’ fourth number one single of his career, while Bryan now has 28 number one songs to his name. Although unexpected, the collaboration is one of our current favorites. “Buy Dirt” is a country song that is going to elevate Davis’ career.

“Buy dirt // Find the one you can’t live without // Get a ring, let your knee hit the ground // Do what you love but call it work // And throw a little money in the plate at church // Send your prayers up and your roots down deep // Add a few limbs to your family tree // And watch their pencil marks // And the grass in the yard all grow up”

We look forward to seeing how the song continues to do on the country charts, as well as, with fans across the globe. Congrats to Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan’s team on an incredible number one song!

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To keep up with Jordan Davis, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

To keep up with Luke Bryan, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Buy Dirt” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Get to Know the Opening Acts of Summer 2021’s Hottest Country Music Tours

All of the greats we know and love today were once the opening acts, too. Get to know today’s openers from summer 2021’s hottest country music tours.

Not only did your favorite superstars reunite with the stage this past summer, but your future favorite entertainers had the opportunity to share it with them this country concert season as well. Country music is famous for having incredible ‘superstars-to-be’ open for their major tours, and here at Country Swag, we have your guide to all the of the show openers. Learn more about this year’s opening acts below.

Tenille Arts just earned her first #1 on country radio with the smash “Somebody Like That”, following the release of her second studio album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between. All her hard work is paying off this year, as she gears up for new releases and as summer set in, Arts found herself as the opening act on on Lady A’s ‘What A Song Can Do Tour’. Tenille Arts is without a doubt one of the best vocalists and songwriters of this new class of country artists and if you caught the show, you will probably agree.

Matt Stell, one of our artists to watch and Live Swag Session alums is taking over country music one single at a time. His debut single, “Prayed For You” is one of the most popular love songs in country music, and his new single, “That Ain’t Me No More” has been sent to country radio. This summer, he joined Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert on their respective run of shows.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY were both opening acts for Jason Aldean’s ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ and if you caught the show, you know they rightfully earned their time in the spotlight. This isn’t the first time the two have toured together either; they opened for Morgan Wallen on his first headline tour over two years ago. HARDY and Wilson both released critically acclaimed albums in the past year (A ROCK and Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, respectively) and as those albums indicated, their fiery songs got fans up and out of their seats each and every night just as fast as they sat down in them!

The full list of country tours and their opening acts are listed below. One of the best feelings is when you go to a show not knowing the opener and leaving a forever fan. If that rings true for the show’s you attended this year, be sure to remember their names, follow them on socials, stream the music and get ready to see those artists when they head back your way. For New York City country fans, head to our calendar to find out when the next shows in the area are.

SUMMER 2021 TOURS:

Blake Shelton
Lindsay Ell
Martina McBride
Trace Adkins
Tracy Byrd

Brad Paisley
Jimmie Allen
Kameron Marlowe

Brett Eldredge
Morgan Evans

Brothers Osborne
Tenille Townes
Travis Denning

Dan + Shay
Band Camino
Ingrid Andress

Dierks Bentley
Parker McCollum
Riley Green

Ingrid Andress
Georgia Webster

Jason Aldean
HARDY
Lainey Wilson

Kane Brown
Restless Road

Lady A
Carly Pearce
Tenille Arts

Little Big Town
Caitlyn Smith
Hailey Whitters

Luke Bryan
Caylee Hammack
Dylan Scott

Old Dominion
Blanco Brown
Caitlyn Smith
Matt Stell
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Walker County

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Check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Woman of the Month: Kerri Edwards

In Country Swag’s “Woman of the Month” series, we’re bringing you stories from women who are chasing their dreams and building a life that they love.

Each month, we highlight a different female pursuing her passions. Introducing you to women who are taking risks, working relentlessly, and turning their dreams into reality. These are empowering women of the country music community, and beyond, who serve as role models and should be celebrated.

Kerri Edwards

“I think I’m most proud of not only the artists that are trusting me with their career and their livelihoods, but I’m proud of the artists that I’m getting to do that with because I truly believe in them.” – Kerri Edwards

This month, we celebrate Kerri Edwards, President, KP Entertainment as our September 2021 Woman of the Month.

Edwards is a woman and a business owner that we truly admire. She is authentic, passionate, and compassionate- a true pioneer in the music industry. In our conversation, Edwards shared her story, her love for country music and the artists she works with, as well as, tips for women hoping to break into the music industry.

Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, Edwards was always drawn to music. “I grew up a music fan,” she shared. “My music taste back in high school and even college, it was very broad. I liked the Pop, the hairbands, country.” She later added, “I really did just bounce around, it just kind of depended on the day.”

Despite an early love for music, Edwards shared “working in the music industry never even entered my mind like as a job.” It was not until she went to Lipscomb University in Nashville did the idea start to develop. As a communications major looking for an internship her senior year, Edwards found herself with an opportunity to intern at (then) Arista Records.

“At a [music] festival in West Virginia, I was introduced to a lady backstage named Denise Nichols. She worked at Arista Records at the time,” declares Edwards. I went to intern there and worked in their radio promotions department.” Soon after Edwards realized she had stumbled upon something special. “I fell in love with it, I was just enamored by the whole deal, I was like I can’t believe this is a job.”

After her internship, she earned a job at the label, working as an assistant in the A&R department. “I didn’t know what I was diving into,” she began, adding later, “I couldn’t have planned it any better. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for myself.” During this role, Edwards found herself in a position where she would be a champion for the songs, something she was very passionate about.

“The fact that I got to hear songs on the front of them, worktapes, demos, be a part of selecting things that you think are a hit and you get to share it with your artist roster, it was just unbelievable. Just the fact that I was exposed to so many amazing, gifted, talented human beings was incredible.”

After a merger at the record label, Edwards, along with many others at the company, found herself unemployed. It was at this time that she decided to switch gears and enter the world of publishing. “My instinct was to go to publishing because it was still on the song side of things, so that’s kind of what I did.” Shortly after beginning at an independent publishing company, Edwards would meet a young songwriter and her career trajectory would take a major turn. That songwriter’s name was Luke Bryan.

“He had just gotten signed there as a writer, right before I got hired to pitch songs. He was a brand new writer, assigned to me,” she shared about her budding relationship with Bryan. Eventually, after seeing him play at a club in Georgia, she realized how special his talent truly was. “It just became a little passion project,” said Edwards, about her championing Bryan from his start.

Flash forward to today, Edwards owns her own management company called KP Entertainment. Her roster includes artists like Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Dylan Scott, and many others. Since managing the careers of these artists, Edwards has gotten the opportunity to watch them succeed both personally and professionally.

She recalls the night that both Bryan and Swindell won coveted awards at the ACM’s back in 2015. As Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year and Swindell was awarded Best New Artist, Edwards shared how proud she felt of them and her entire team in that moment. “That night the fact that legit Luke [who was also hosting the show] could not stop worrying about Cole was just so awesome in his own way,” she added.

Although she has had great success and many ‘wins’ in her career, the human side of her job is what always stands out the most. I want them to be proud of who they represent,” she shared of her staff, adding “It’s about building a team and getting the right people.” Edwards continues to hire employees who have a passion first and come with positive energy over those who have the most experience for this exact reason.

At the end of our conversation, we of course had to ask Edwards one last question. When asked about the advice she would give to women trying to break into the country music industry, she shared simple, yet profound advice that we all can embody. “Find your passion and find something that you believe in that much and go get it,” adding, If you believe in it, you keep pushing it, you keep going for it, you got this.”

To keep up with Kerri Edwards, follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

* Interview Conducted by: Stephanie Wagner // Written by: Erica Zisman for Country Swag

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Luke Bryan Scores 27th #1 Song with “Waves”

Luke Bryan’s latest single “Waves” earns him his 27th number one as the song hits the top spot on the country charts this week.

On the heels of his incredible documentary, Luke Bryan has scored his 27th number-one single of his career! Truly a staple in country music, Bryan is an absolute superstar. The singer’s current radio single “Waves” catapulted to the number one spot on the charts just four months after it impacted country radio. It follows the chart-topping success of his song “Down To One.”

The fourth single off his latest project Born Here Live Here Die Here“Waves” is clearly a crowd-favorite. Written by Chase McGill, Zachery Crowell, and Ryan Hurd, the single is one that will make anyone swoon. Bryan’s piercing vocals make this song hard not to fall in love with.

“You were made for summer // Just like these stars we’re under // We’re made for lighting this // July sky up // Blanket down made for me and you tied up // All night long, over and over // Crash into me and pull me closer // Kiss by kiss, one after another // Don’t let go, baby, let this summer // Just keep on coming in waves”

The track is an easy and effortless love song that fits Bryan’s style and vocals. The mid-tempo tune is one of those tracks that screams nostalgia. “Waves” fits in perfectly with the singer’s already incredible live show setlist. It will be exciting to see what song Bryan announces as his next radio single!

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Luke Bryan’s single “Waves” is officially number one!

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Luke Bryan announcements and releases.

To keep up with Luke Bryan, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Waves” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Luke Bryan Releases Emotional New Track “Songs You Never Heard”

Country superstar, Luke Bryan releases a new emotional track titled “Songs You Never Heard.” The song, written by Luke Laird and Josh Osbourne, was released in honor of his late brother, Chris, and alongside his new docu-series Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary.

In this acoustic, melancholy track, Bryan mentions the songs he and his late brother, Chris used to sing along to and the ones Chris would’ve loved had he been alive prior to their releases, such as “Run” by George Strait and “In Color” by Jamey Johnson. As he is reminiscing, Bryan claims he can hear his brother singing along in the car with him, even to the ones he never got to hear. Although his mom would disagree, Bryan states that if Chris was alive today, he’d be Bryan’s number one fan.

“Time marches on, there’s a lot of new // music and memories we’d be drinking to // I think about it and I laugh until it hurts // ‘Cause I can hear you singing along // to songs you never heard”

Bryan’s five-part docu-series premiered on IMDB’s streaming platform earlier this month and touches on Bryan’s life, backstory, career, and how he dealt with the tragedies his family endured. It is unclear whether “Songs You Never Heard” will make an upcoming album or just be part of this new documentary, as “Waves,” Bryan’s current single, is climbing the airplay charts. 

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Luke Bryan releases.

To keep up with Luke Bryan, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Songs You Never Heard” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Country Music Tours Headed to New York This Summer 2021

Concert season is in full swing! For our New Yorkers, we’ve got you covered with the country music tours, the dates, and where to get your tickets ASAP! If you’re curious about all the county music tours that have been announced so far for 2021-2022 click here.

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Jason Aldean- Back In The Saddle Tour

Openers: HARDY & Lainey Wilson

August 7th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Luke Bryan- Proud To Be Right Here Tour

Openers: Dylan Scott, Runaway June & Caylee Hammack*

August 13th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Brothers Osborne- The We’re Not For Everyone Tour

Openers: Tenille Townes & Travis Denning

August 21st- Farmingville, NY // Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater

Find tickets here

 

Thomas Rhett- The Center Point Road Tour

Openers: Cole Swindell & Gabby Barrett

August 26th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Zac Brown Band- The Comeback Tour 2021

Special Guests: Teddy Swims, Adam Doleac, Gabby Barrett, Devin Dawson & Ashland Craft

September 2nd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

September 3rd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Brooks & Dunn- The Reboot 2021 Tour

Openers: Travis Tritt & Elvie Shane

September 10th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Dierks Bentley- Beers On Me Tour

Openers: Riley Green & Parker McCollum

September 24th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Find tickets here

 

Keep an eye out on our list as we will be sure to add more country music tour dates and concerts as they are announced!

Make sure to join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future tour announcements, ticket giveaways, and more.

Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan Announce Las Vegas Residencies

Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan surprised fans today revealing that each will have their very own Las Vegas Residencies beginning later this year. Get all the details here.

Marking each superstar’s very first residency, the special leg of shows will take place at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. The Theatre, a brand new world-class venue that will seat 5,000 fans, is set to open in November 2021 inside of Resorts World Las Vegas, a new 3,500-room luxury destination, which opens June 24th.

Underwood’s residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, kicks off in December 2021 with six shows set for December 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, and 11.

Bryan’s residency, Luke Bryan: Vegas will kick off in February 2022 with six shows on February 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, and 20.

Additional artists slated to headline their own residencies at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas will be Katy Perry, Celine Dion, Zedd, and Tiësto.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 24th at 1PM ET at AXS.com.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood news.